The Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club held its annual Oratorical contest on Saturday, April 2, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Solana Beach. The contest brings together students up to the age of 19 to demonstrate their public speaking skills. The topic this year, chosen by Optimist International, was “If I were the leader of the free world, the first issue I would address would be...” Winners of the club contest go on to a zone contest and then a district contest where the final winners, boy and girl, will each receive a $2,500 college scholarship.
The winner of the club boys' contest this year was Hanrui Zhang. The winner of the girl’s contest this year was Jacqueline Frenkel. The next stage of the contest will be held on April 16 at the Carlsbad Village Theater on State St. in downtown Carlsbad beginning at 9 a.m. The public is welcome to come and see other club winners compete in this zone contest. Admittance is free.
Optimist International is a service organization dedicated to helping youth in all communities around the world. Its main focus is to cure childhood cancer within the next 25 years. They also work with youth who are handicapped, mentally and physically, at risk youth, as well as recognizing outstanding boys and girls.
Anyone interested in helping this organization help kids should contact Governor-elect Charles Pease at 858-755-7175 or through his e-mail address at firstname.lastname@example.org